Fuel Letters

Patients often reach out to us through letters and emails to tell us how grateful they are and/or how positively their lives have changed after surgery and treatment for limb length discrepancy, limb deformity or limb malalignment, such as knock knees or bowlegs.  Letters like the ones on this page make our day and remind us why we do what we do!


From Kavi, patient:

“I feel incredibly straighter and moving like I’ve never moved before. I’m running finally and trying to get stronger. … Thank you so much and I am so glad I got to do this with you! You’ve changed my life.”

From Jake, patient:

“I’m so proud that you are my physician, not only for your superb surgical skills, but also your charisma and compassion. You are honestly one of the most respectable and endearing persons in my life.”

From Jacqueline, patient:

“Two years ago, before I came to you, I could never have imagined being in the position I am in now. What you and your team have done for me is truly priceless.”

From Kristie, patient:

“I can now walk with no pain in my ankle joint for the first time in 14 years…….for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You can’t really know how much all of this means to me.”

From Karen, patient:

“Thank you for changing our lives!”

From David, patient:

“For me it was truly life changing. I had been experiencing pain for several years and had been upset by the cosmetic deformity of my right leg for my entire life. Now, five years later, my right leg remains perfect and pain-free, and I have you to thank for this miracle.”

From Anne, mother of patient Jacob:

It means so much as a parent to know you will always answer my questions and worries with so much patience and care.

From John, Patient:

“I know you likely hear this all the time, but the change has been near miraculous. Nearly intractable back pain that had been present for almost a decade is now virtually resolved.”

From Julia, patient:

“I am grateful for your kindness as a person and for your fearless devotion to your patients as a doctor. Your refusal to let me remain a statistic has enabled me to walk with dignity and pride.”

From Sara, patient:

“Thank you for giving me comfort in one of the most difficult situations I have faced. I am sure you have had an amazing impact on many lives and mine is just one more. Thank you for giving me a new lease on life and the ability to physically achieve things that I have dreamed for years.”

From John D., Patient:

“Thank you again for doing these surgeries for me; they’ve really improved my life.”

From Jo Ann, mother of patient, Stephanie:

“Your confidence, humility, and expertise are an amazing combination and we are so grateful that a stressful situation was much more manageable because of who you are, not just as a doctor, but as a person as well.”

From Maria G., Patient:

“Dr. Rozbruch was very optimistic that he could improve my walking ability and with it my life….. Dr. Rozbruch gave 100% and I got a new life at 58! I will always be grateful for his skill and his patience.”

From Christopher, patient:

“I now realize that Dr. Rozbruch is presented with similar questions and facts over and over by his patients. Yet Dr. Rozbruch always answers you as if you are the only person that has ever had that question. He listens intently, and then responds calmly with understanding and reinsurance. You are the most important person in the room meeting with Dr. Rozbruch.”

From Ann, patient:

“Your tireless medical expertise has given me a new life— one that I will always be thankful to you for providing to me.” 

From Michael and Lilla:


From Shelby, patient:

“I am more grateful for my health and what I can do than I have ever been.”

From Gloria, patient:

“I personally will not forget you and your assisting doctor, and your staff beside manners. I have never met a more attentive and caring people quite like that.”

From Rashid, patient:

“Dr. Rozbruch, what you do with ankle distraction arthroplasty is revolutionary and I hope this becomes the mainstream procedure for any type of ankle arthritis in the future throughout the world. You have changed my life.”

From Pam, mother of patient, Luke:

“Thank you seems so inadequate — we really can’t ever express how grateful we are to you and all of your team.”

From Josie, patient:

“…Look how straight my legs are! … The existence of Mr. Rozbruch on this planet has completely changed my life!”

From Kim, patient:

“…there is no pain in my ankle 98% of the time . . .  That is astonishing to me . . . What a miracle.”

From Laura, Mother of patient, Shannon:

This email does not sufficiently express our overwhelming gratitude to you. Thank you for your knowledge and skill. Without Doctors like yourself and Dr. Lee, both children and adults would not have a fighting chance in terms of major orthopedic issues.

From Joy, Mother of patient, Alex:

Not a week goes by that I don’t think of you and bless you and your family… My son, Alex (femur lengthening 2000, I think), [is] all grown up and married. No issues with his leg. Happy and healthy, thanks to you!!

From Gwen, patient:

There is not a week that goes by that I don’t think of you. Without you I really don’t know what my life would be at this point.

From Allan, patient:

I am so happy I went with you and I just wanted you to know how lucky I am to have had you for my surgeon.

From Maria, patient:

To get a new life at my age  …free of pain and free of constraints in mobility ….I am so lucky that there was a “you!”


From Judy, patient:

I still marvel at how supportive, encouraging and warm you and everyone were. How many people can say a hospital surgery stay was one of the best and warmest highlights of their life?


From Jamie, patient:

I’m really happy I had the surgery! My ankle is much more functional and hurts less, much less of the time. The procedure was an overall success and my ankle is still improving.


From Gayle, patient:

Coming to you was the best thing I ever did, I appreciate your knowledge and kind manner.


From Edward, patient:

…I’ve not had a medical experience so professional and seamless as I did at HSS.”


From Theresa, patient:

We have been traveling for the past 3 weeks, some days walking 4-5 miles…this would not have been possible without you.


From Charles, patient:

…my ankle is feeling stronger every day. I have not been able to walk like this for a very long time.


From Bill,  patient:

Thanks Doctor. I never thought I would see this again…Big hike in Telluride.


From Mark DuMoulin, patient:

…Dr. Rozbruch was able to grow my own healthy bone to fill the gap where the femur bone was missing. This left me with my own, healthy, natural bone with 100% recovery to the condition prior to being diagnosed with Cancer.


From Peter Bayers, patient


From Ettore, Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Fellow:

Drs. John E. Herzenberg and S. Robert Rozbruch have had the vision and foresight of disseminating this knowledge to the young surgeons by establishing their own fellowship program. The fellowship at HSS is the only one in an academic institution…


From Susan, patient:

From Laura, mother of Robert, a young patient with Russel Silver Syndrome: